Field Day 2000 Pictures

( The FD2000 story was written up in both TCA and QST magazines. Check the links for PDF copies. )

Here are some of the pictures from the FD2000, VA3RAC 35A, effort in Ottawa on June 24-25, 2000. We set a new world record for Amateur Radio Field Day (FD) by putting 35 simultaneous transmitters and receivers on the air from a single site all at the same time.

The purpose of FD is to demonstate emergency preparedness by setting up a radio station, or 35 stations in this case, in the field, away from normal housing, services and power. All FD stations try to contact as many others stations as possible and exchange with them; their callsign, VA3RAC for us, their number of transmitters on the air, 35 in our case and what class they are running in. The "A" in our exchange indicates that we were in the class called "club stations". The site size is limited to 1000 feet in diameter and all the antennas must stay inside that limit as well. No small feat considering that we had two 240 foot long 160 meter band antennas as well as three 120 foot 80 meter dipoles to fit into it. As well as dozens more smaller antennas, 35 stations need 35 antennas! There are other restrictions as well, all designed to promote the concept of an emergency test drill. In order to get 35 stations on the air we used all of the amateur radio bands from 1.8 MHz through to the microwave bands at 10,000 MHz or 10 Giga Hertz, excluding the allocation at 5 GHz. However if we had had radio equipment for that band Glenn would have found a way to use it and be a 36A for sure!

We had a sponsorship of a 53' tractor trailer rig from TransX and we needed it! It took 2 loads into the site to get all the tents, power system, lights and tower sections delivered. It also took 2 big loads to return it all, including the golf cart!!

As well we got a donation of a 230 foot tall, 200 ton capacity truck crane from the Dulepka Crane Co. in Ottawa. this was a real show stopper. Almost as soon as it pulled past the road block barricade people on site started wandering over and checking it out. They were very surprised to discover it was there for us!!! We put a VHF Yagi antenna, a mast and a rotator on the end of the crane boom and put it up 210' !!!! We would of gone higher but there was only 210' of coax in my car!!

All of the pictures are taken on the front lawn/park of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. We were happy to find that their front lawn was almost exactly 1000' long even thought the rocket, the radar dish and the steam train WERE in our way. The light house, we used as an antenna support so IT was OK. About 4 AM Sunday it started to rain, a little at first then harder and harder. About 3 hours later we had 2 inches of rain on the ground and a new record rainfall for that day. Sunday pictures are the ones with lots of water in them.

The pictures here are taken by the FD2000 photographer, Mike, VE3IPC. They have been edited to put them all right side up and compressed to about 25 % of their original size. While this rate of compression does lose some quality it don't think it will be noticed here on a web page. However If you want to print a copy or keep a picture for a permanent record then I suggest you contact Pierre, VE2GPF and order a copy of the FD2000 CD he's made with all the pictures on it. The cost should be about CDN$20.00

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These pictures are from Friday's setup.
- Lots of tents, towers and crane shots.
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Saturday pictures.
- More setup, official speeches, some operations.
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Saturday pictures.
- Some shots of speeches, lots of operator shots.
- Chicken dinner time!.
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Sunday closing down pictures!!
- Lots of WET people, tents, and equipment.
- Lowering tents and towers, loading up the tractor trailer.
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Misc. pictures. Might not all be from VE3IPC.
- A few tower, tractor trailer shots.
- Maps of NMST grounds and antenna layout plan.